copy desk

  1. the desk in a newspaper office at which copy is edited and prepared for printing.: Compare slot1 (def. 5).

Origin of copy desk

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

Words Nearby copy desk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use copy desk in a sentence

  • The usually effusive copy desk editor caught my eye, then furtively looked away.

    I Killed Sunny von Bulow | Suzy Welch | December 9, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Cochran, the head of the copy desk, was talking—a shriveled little man with a bald face and shoe-button eyes.

    Erik Dorn | Ben Hecht
  • Whitey, though, didn't even have to consult the copy desk or the clippin' bureau.

    The House of Torchy | Sewell Ford
  • As she passed the main copy desk where Editor DeWitt worked, she noticed that his face was white and tense.

    Saboteurs on the River | Mildred A. Wirt
  • Spearing the story she had just written on the copy desk spindle, she followed the reporter to the parking lot.

    The Clock Strikes Thirteen | Mildred A. Wirt
  • Being on the copy desk once in a while was giving him the big head, Chub said.

    Joan of the Journal | Helen Diehl Olds

British Dictionary definitions for copy desk

copy desk

  1. journalism a desk where copy is edited

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